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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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546 Reviews
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Reviews: 546
Hads: 2,803
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 29.79%
Wants: 180
Gots: 805 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jgasparine on 10-17-2009

A witbier bursting with good karma. Made with dried organic orange slices, fresh-cut lemongrass and a bit of coriander, this Belgian-style white beer is a great thirst quencher.

20 IBU
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Reviews: 546 | Hads: 2,803
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking hazy orange color. The head was fizzy and kind of faded away rather quickly. The smell of the beer had some nice lively citrus aromas blended with a soft wheat character as well. The taste of the beer has a light herbal flavor to it with an orange or lemon flavor in there as well. The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth and lighter bodied. Overall this beer is pretty good for the warmer seasons. I would drink this one again if I found it at a reasonable price.

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Photo of mjw2808
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a big white head that dissipates quickly. The smells is very sweet with lemon and grass. Also clove is detected. The Taste is mostly a combination of the grass and lemon. It is very interesting, I dont like it but I dont hate it. The beer is very drinkable and has a good mouthfeel. Overall decent but didnt win me over to buy it regularly. Its definitely more of a summer beer too.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow in color with lots of sediment. One finger white head that doesn't stick around for long. Some lacing here and there.

Aroma: Assortment of citrus fruits. Orange. Spices, coriander, green tea. Wheaty and floral.

Taste: Wheat, lemon grass. oranges, coriander, white pepper, spices, honeysuckle. Plenty of flavors and well-rounded.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with soft carbonation. Quick drying wheaty finish, a trait i like in this style. Flavorful witbier but nothing truly outstanding. Just a solid beer.

Perhaps one of the most "traditional" beers I've had from DFH.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Light straw color. The slowest pour ever reveals three fingers of white head. Hoping there's a little carbonation left for the beer. Nose is citrus fruit, yeast. Quite big and enticing. Flavor is similar. Sweet fruity malt. Earthy yeast. Light spiciness, coriander. Flavor seems somewhat masked by the still high carbonation. Body is somewhat thin, light. A good lawnmower beer, but limited in terms of flavors; not really much going on.

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Photo of DIM
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a: Straw colored but only slightly hazy; poured with a small bright white cap.

s: Prety much classic wit. Earthy wheat with notes of citrus, spice, and hint of lemongrass which does set this one apart.

t: A bit drier than most wits, the lemongrass I guess. Some bitter citrus rind and pepper round things out. Short lived, not much lingering flavor.

m: Soft and a tad watery.

o: A bit of a different take, this works pretty well.

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Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw colored, with an orangey white thin head that settles out quickly. Aroma of yeast and clove. Flavor initially fairly matches the nose, but slight lemony notes emerge, and a peppery bite works its way into the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, but a bit talcy as well.

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Photo of JonSC
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

I didn't care for this as much as most wheat beers. It had a thin pour, a light taste and seemed to lack a bit of depth. The lemongrass was a bit strong to me, and I didn't get as much orange as some other reviewers. There also seemed to be a bit of coriander taste present.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4oz bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - The body is a hazy straw color. Three fingers of white head leave some decent lacing down the side of the glass.

S - I get citrus on the nose, lemons and oranges.

T - The taste seems to have more of a lemon influence. I get some sourness the more I drink.

M - Medium with a lot of carbonation.

O - I would not say this is my favorite of this style and would not buy a bottle of this again. It's not bad. I just don't think it's worth the dough.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, faint orange citrus, lemon grass and somewhat earthy. In the taste, orange notes, dry earthiness and lemon grass. A spice bite and light to a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry orange to coriander like aftertaste. Almost saison like, mellow with a nice spice profile.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pale straw with a 1/2 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity with the tiniest yeast particles floating about. Light carbonation.

Wheat, doughy bread, and lemongrass.

Big wheat, doughy bread notes, and Belgian yeasties. Lemongrass, drops of lemon juice, and a touch of strawberry-banana. Slight hints of coriander, peppercorn, and orange zest.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, and semi-dry.

Light, refreshing, and ultra-wheaty brew. As far as Witbiers go, it's very good.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours a frothy, white head that has nice persistence and laces well. Yeasty, malty aroma with citric notes and a touch of pepper; the lemongrass, orange slices, and coriander are all present and it's fun to smell this and the different aromas. This smells really, really nice. Starts with a subtle citrus flavor on top of yeastiness and wheat malt. Builds into a more floral hoppiness that blends with the citrus flavors. Finish is malt with the slight bitterness of black peppercorns and their spiciness.

This isn't too bad. I like the complexity and the layers of flavors, but I think they're all a touch too subtle.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during a dog fish head tasting
A-Murky yellow with particals floating and white head
S-smells like a combination of lemon and orange together
T-tastes like it smells, very orangy...
M-light and crisp
D-very drinkable, and I usually hate this style

Thanks cam!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy light yellow colored brew with a one finger white head that had good retention. The head eventually faded to give a high level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of citrus lemon and some spices. The spices are the classic wit variety of clove and pepper with some other herbal and grassy smells as well. With these are aromas of yeast and banana as well.

Taste – A wheat body mixed with a lemongrass flavor are the first to meet the tongue. They are soon joined by some coriander and clove, as well as, a light banana sweetness mixed with a pepper taste. These tastes remain constant on the tongue till the end of the taste where the pepper and banana lose ground to some yeasty notes. This yeast flavor when combined with an increase in the wheat and lemon flavors, produces a lingering aftertaste to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the lighter side and the carbonation level was rather high. These characteristics were good for the style and made it quite drinkable and refreshing.

Overall – It was pretty good, but nothing too exceptional and not really something of only big bottle format.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner during the beer tasting club meeting. Fresh from the store.

A - cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head that left streaky lacing down the glass.

S - big Lemon nose on this - definitely the dominant character

T - initial yeasty notes melting into big spiced clove character with lots of backing lemon rind. Tastes endures for a while, but isn't hugely intense.

M - quite light, with practically no carbonation.

D - drinkable, but not overly impressive in any dimension.

Decent Wit, with some interesting qualities. One I'd give a moderate recommendation for. It's DFH, how can you not!

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light straw yellow/ grapefruit juice white. 1/4 inch white foamy head, some lacing.

Smell - Funky lemon-grass, orange, peppercorn, wheat and a little citric note.

Taste - First sip has the Belgian flavored yeasty kick mixed with peppercorn. Orange, coriander and wheat come in after the lemon and pepper kick dies down. The wheat mixed with the lemon-grass really adds a funky, barnyard like flavor.

Mouthfeel - Peppercorn along with lemon grass nails the tongue. Palate gets some orange and coriander but is mostly coated with the peppercorn and lemon. Aftertaste is funky, wheat and Belgian flavored.

Overall - Not bad but would be much better if the fruits were more upfront, with less peppercorn. The more I drink it, the less im enjoying it. Decent enough for a hot summer day for some, low alcohol, but I look for crisp, fruity wits that feature orange, melons or berries. Worth a drink for fans of wit that want a little twist on the style. This could be a special beer imo with a kick of fruits though.

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Photo of dar482
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours in a slight hazy yellow color.

The flavor is lemony and wheaty and quite refreshing. Hits mouth with slight flavor and then goes away and goes down really easily.

Lacks flavor, but makes it up as one of the most addictive beers I have had. Maybe that's a bad thing though. It lacks complexities from the German and Belgian wheat beers. It tastes almost like watered down lemon drink at times.

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Photo of Moneypenny
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale lemony yellow, slightly cloudy. Yeastyon the nose with mild spices and some citrus. Pleasing effervescence. Breathe in deeply. Exhale completely. Om shanti shanti shanti.

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Photo of mavbrew
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a transparent straw yellow color with a two finger thick, foamy white head that dissipates slowly.

S: Has a very earthy/spicy scent to it, definitely some orange and what I am assuming is the smell of lemongrass as advertised.

T: Taste is as expected from the scent. Has an earthy taste, a bit of yeast flavor up front, the lemongrass lingers throughout with a tart finish.

M: Light in body with average carbonation.

D: This is most definitely a summer beer, very light in body and has a low ABV. Although I am not a huge light beer fan, this is a decent beer, but I wouldn't recommend drinking it in the winter.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy goldenrod color with creamy white head that hangs around a while. Lots of sediment

S - Wet straw, lemongrass, touch of orange.

T - Slight hint of orange, lemon, and honey. Slightly spicey.

M - Good deal of carbonation, medium bodied for the style.

O - I love Dogfish Head brews and get to their brewpubs at the beach several times a summer at least, but this one doesn't blow me away as some of their others do. It's a perfectly pleasant brew, but nothing I'd rave about. Great summer selection though.

My friend and I, who enjoyed this with me at the brewpub, realized that Namaste is best when paired with food. It's a tasty summer brew then!

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- 4 What's lacking in color (almost clear but slightly hazy straw) is made up for in bubbly activity and a big white fluffy head. Very large bubbles, fairly smooth and slightly sticky lacing.

S- 3.5 The aroma of Namaste is of lemon and a bit of coriander spice. It's kind of earthy. It is sour primarily, though, and leaves much more desired from my sniffer.

T- 3.5 Unfortunately I wasn't treated to a pleasant surprise in the taste from what its aroma left me hoping for. It is predominantly lemon and thus sour. I get less spice here than from the aroma. It does have a hint of wheat, and as it warms I find it to sweeten up a little which slightly calms the sourness.

M- 3 This is over-carbonated for my liking. It would be light in body but the high carbonation makes it feel more like medium.

D- 3.5 Not well-enough balanced for me to enjoy much of this. I could split the 750mL but wouldn't want much more. It is a bit sour and over-carbonated. I can get some of the ingredients that were used and I appreciate that, but they just didn't work as well together as I had hoped they would. Worth a shot I suppose.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, almost turbid, pale yellow with a scant white head and no lacing.

The aroma is very subtle and would be undistinguishable unless in a neutral environment. There is light clove and coriander, even some honey, but all is just barely detectable.

The flavor is grainy with light coriander and a little muddy. Again, the flavors are all quite muted. The finish is rather messy.

Namaste has a medium to light body and is a bit chalky with no alcohol.

Easily consumable and thirst quenching. This is a fine beer for a muggy day.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Bottle says Bottled in 2011.

A- Pours a golden color with a 1/2 inch head that doesn't retain long before dropping to an 1/8 inch ring around the glass's edge. Super thin surface foam and nice streaks of lacing.

S- You can definitely smell the coriander along with a fume of alcohol and faint Belgian yeast.

T- Clean and light with notes of orange and mild spice. Especially easy to drink. Not much going on.

M- Snappy and bright as well as thin and borderline watery. Medium carbonation.

O- Not a bad tasting beer, just nothing special. Dogfish should stick to the extreme brews IMO.

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Photo of jlindros
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap at tavern in the square Northborough

Decent fizzy head fades at med pace, nice layered lacing, hazy golden straw.

Nose is mix of tart lemon sourness and coriander like spices, salt I think, wheat, little straw grain, cereal, dried oranges.

Taste brings more tart lemon, big sour flavor with died oranges and lots of tart bitter rind. Light grainy wheat, straw, lemongrass, floral field grass like, some coriander, weird bitterness on the back end. Finish brings more tart lemons and orange rind, bitterness and tartness linger with a little coriander.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb, no nice wheat creaminess.

Overall eh, wish the base wheat beer was there, but lemongrass and oranges are interesting.

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Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very cloudy light with lots of carbonation.

Nice refreshing fragrant citrus scent with the lemongrass and coriander a faint background smell.

Light, tart bitterness, you taste what you would expect from the label, but this combination didn't work as well as I thought it would, although it was still drinkable for sure.

Very carbonated, really too much for me, and it kind of consumes most of your mouth.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #192
Served On: 07/22/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Had this on tap last night at the DFH Brewing & Eats - Rehoboth.

Scored this one for free as the server brought be the wrong beer (ordered Theobrama). I'm always up for a free beer!

Look: Had a clear yellow appearance - almost like lemonade. The head was a thin white film. Lacing was sporadic. Carbonation bubbles were minimal.

Smell: A typical Witbier aroma. Peppery coriander, clove, some faint banana. Nothing special was in the nose.

Taste: Again, very typical to the style. The coriander hit first with hints of sweet banana making up the middle. The finish was a long lasting mango or kiwi that faded into a clean aftertaste.

This was a textbook Witbier in my opinion. I would say that Flying Dog's Woody Creek is probably a good comparison here. I've had others that were very similar, but the level of quality is probably what sets this beer apart from the others (plus it was fresh from the brewpub).

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.